Zimbabwean international footballer, Marvelous Nakamba who plies his trade for Aston Villa in England has said European scouts will grace the Marvelous Nakamba Under-17 football tournament.
The inaugural tournament that will be staged from June 18 to 19 in Bulawayo at White City and Luveve will see Highlanders, Dynamos, Njube Spurs, Hwange Dynamo, Albun Academy, Bulawayo City, Ajax Hot Spurs and Chicken Inn taking part.
Hwange Dynamo got a special invitation as they are from Nakamba’s hometown in the Colliery.
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Speaking to The Herald Tuesday, the former Club Brugge midfieder who is back home for a short break, said Covid-19 made it impossible to make the tournament bigger as initially planned. He said:
Before the actual tournament commences, there will be a life-skills workshop, which will be facilitated by an exciting line-up of speakers.
There will be scouts from Europe, and a few talented youngsters will be presented with an opportunity, to go for training camps in Europe.
Our foundation leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilise at-risk youth to overcome their greatest challenges that we are facing now, which is drug indulgence, and also crime, and be agents for change in their communities.
Nakaba who is keen on vibrant junior programmes he is a direct beneficiary of the same programmes, therefore, it is befitting to continue the tradition of supporting grassroots sports.